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HOK’s LA Studio Named 2023 DEI Company of the Year

HOK's Los Angeles principals from left to right: Julianne Knox (marketing), David Frey (technical), Anne Fletcher (management), Adaeze Cadet (design).

The Los Angeles Business Journal has named HOK’s Los Angeles office as its 2023 Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Honoree in the mid-sized firm category. 

HOK’s Los Angeles staff is more than 50% women and more than 50% persons of color. Its executive leadership team (above) is comprised mostly of women.    

“We are proud to be a leader and model for DEI in the workplace,” said Anne Fletcher, managing principal for HOK in Los Angeles. “Along with setting ambitious goals, we infuse DEI into everything we do to create the most supportive, innovative and collaborative environment.”  

Los Angeles Business Journal commended HOK for its DEI efforts within Los Angeles and across the firm. 

Excerpted from LABJ 

“To improve its recruitment and retention of employees from diverse backgrounds, HOK has been tracking and working to increase the diversity of its leadership since 2015. Since then, HOK’s diversity metrics have shown steady progress in reaching milestone goals that continuously raise the bar when it comes to representation at every level, position and sphere of influence across the firm. 

In 2021, HOK set even more aggressive diversity goals for firm leadership roles, emerging leaders, the board of directors and the core boards (design, management, technical and marketing). It has since realized or surpassed most of these goals, resulting in its recent commitment to attaining new challenge goals by 2025. The Diversity Advisory Council is working with HOK’s leaders to establish even more aggressive goals going forward. 

Each of HOK’s regional practices has developed diversity goals with target metrics. By requiring them to report their progress to the firm’s board of directors every six months, they are held accountable for continuous improvement.” 

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